NBA finals (NBC, 9 p.m., EDT to conclusion): In Game 5 of the best-of-seven series for the championship, the New York Knicks face the Houston Rockets in New York's Madison Square Garden. The series is tied 2-2. * SUNDAY

NBA finals (NBC, 7 p.m., EDT to conclusion): Game 6 between the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets is scheduled to take place in Houston. * MONDAY

Storytime special (PBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): Earlier this month a new educational series aimed at three-to-seven-year-olds joined the distinguished lineup of kids' shows on PBS. Called ``Storytime,'' it enlists celebrities like Tom Selleck, John Goodman, and Mariel Hemingway to get kids interested in the world of books simply by reading to them, in a format that includes music and illustrations.

To give parents and other adults an insight into the show, this version is being aired in prime time and should help adults learn how to take advantage of the program in whetting children's appetites for hearing the written word. The special edition is hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and Charles Dutton and includes several celebrities who appear on the regular editions of the program.

The Odyssey of John Dos Passos (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Whether or not you regard him as the father of modern American literature, as many do, it's hard to deny that Dos Passos is an immensely important and influential author, and among the most interesting historians of the early part of the century.

Narrated by Robert MacNeil, this documentary profile of Dos Passos reviews his life and work, and offers interviews with an impressive list of sources, including Alfred Kazin, who wrote the introductions to the three volumes of Dos Passos's ``U.S.A.''; William F. Buckley; and Elizabeth Passos, the author's second wife.

William Hurt is the voice of Dos Passos.

Please check local listings for these programs.

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